We know that having to send your horse to a retirement home is one of the most difficult decisions you will have to face. Here to help you make your decision easier are some of the more frequently asked questions. If your question doesn't appear in the list please contact us and we will be happy to give you as much information as we can. If you prefer you can use our enquiry form and we will contact you.
- How can you keep your prices so low?
As a working farm following organic methods, we make all our own big-bale hay, haylage and straw and therefore keep our forage quality high whilst keeping the cost low. All stables/loose boxes are 12'x12' (4mx4m) and are inside existing buildings and have been designed to facilitate ease of management; allowing us to spend more time with your horse. Whilst they might not be the prettiest stable blocks, they are warm, dry and secure. The well-being of your horse is our priority and therefore the number of guests is limited to ensure the best care for each individual, to be looked after as an individual, so we have no need of staff and have no staff wages to find.
- Where abouts are you in France?
We are situated in the heart of France, in Creuse which is part of the Limousin region. This area was deliberately chosen for its mild, dry climate; an important consideration for the older horse. It is approximately a six hour drive from one of the northern ports. The closest airport is Limoges which is about an hour and a half away by car.
- What experience do you have?
We have nearly 40 years of professional equine experience. This covers instructing, running livery yards, working for international riders, the rehabilitation of injured horses as well as the usual mucking-out, feeding and grooming! There truly aren't many situations and conditions that we haven't already come across, so your horse will be in very capable hands.
- My horse has been injured but I am hoping he will return to work. Can you help?
Yes, we can. Many injuries require a long period of convalescence in order that the horse has the best opporutnity to return to work. A premature return to work can result in permanent damage. We will give your horse a tailored rehabilitation programme to ensure that he has the best possible chance of returning to fitness.
- What feeding regime will my horse follow?
This will depend on your horse and what he or she is currently used to as any sudden change in diet is not good for the horse's digestive system. Obviously over time what is fed and how often will change, eg if as a 30 year old he will only have a few teeth, he needs to be fed soft, easily digestible food little and often. We pay very close attention to the nutritional value of the feed and maintaining a healthy gut and circulatory system.
- Can I come and see my horse?
Of course! But we do ask that you let us know well in advance so that we can make time available to welcome you.
- What equipment do I need to send with my horse?
Just the essentials eg: head collar, rope and rugs if appropriate, but we do ask that equipment is clearly marked with your horse's name. For head collars we find the metal identification tags usually used for dog collars are ideal.
- What paperwork is required?
Your horse will need a passport, up to date vaccinations and a microchip (necessary to comply with French regulations). If he is being imported into France then he will also need a French reference number which we will help you obtain once he arrives.
Monthly in advance by cheque, Standing Order, Direct Debit or Direct Transfer. We offer a 5% discount if you wish to pay half yearly in advance or 10% for yearly in advance.